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(Orlando Sentinel)   You too can own a $2.1 million home in Florida for free. Just live in it for seven years on squatter rights and it's yours   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 282
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2013-01-24 12:59:18 PM
Oh, so *that's* step two...
 
2013-01-24 12:59:40 PM
I would never spend 2 years in FL.
 
2013-01-24 01:00:26 PM
Another problem that can be easily solved with a suitably motivated neighbor, a ski mask, and a bat with a nail in it.
 
2013-01-24 01:01:37 PM
Problem: Squatters.
Solution: Don't fail to step foot in your house even once in 7 years.
 
2013-01-24 01:01:58 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Another problem that can be easily solved with a suitably motivated neighbor, a ski mask, and a bat with a nail in it.


One neighbor was willing to buy the house. I'll do the bat thing for half that.

/word
 
2013-01-24 01:01:59 PM
Enjoy paying the property taxes.
 
2013-01-24 01:02:34 PM
Imagine a world without adverse possession.
 
2013-01-24 01:02:46 PM
Can he get the power/water tunred on?

If not is he allowed to live there?
 
2013-01-24 01:03:13 PM
What are the property taxes going to be on that?
 
2013-01-24 01:03:33 PM

thurstonxhowell: Problem: Squatters.
Solution: Don't fail to step foot in your house even once in 7 years.


He's 23 years old. I think he plans on staying there seven years.

/trespassing, I don't understand how it's not that. One entity can show papers of ownership (supposedly), the other can't.
 
2013-01-24 01:03:46 PM
i'm assuming he has no money. How does he pay for electricity, water, internet? porn?
 
2013-01-24 01:04:08 PM
So while he is squatting does he have to pay the property taxes? And if he leaves can they just board up the place to prevent him from getting back in?
 
2013-01-24 01:04:33 PM
I think the guy who narrates the video mainly does work voicing over corporate training videos.
 
2013-01-24 01:04:44 PM
HA HA YOUR IN FLORIDA NOW
 
2013-01-24 01:06:11 PM
FTA: Bank of America didn't respond to the Sun Sentinel's inquiry. And neither did Barbosa, a Brazilian national who refers to himself as "Loki Boy," after the Norse god of mischief.

Too funny. Ah, Florida. Is there anything you can't do?
 
2013-01-24 01:06:12 PM

abhorrent1: Enjoy paying the property taxes.


If he's not listed as owner then why would he owe taxes? They send the bill to the bank.
 
2013-01-24 01:06:42 PM
Until the Government sends him a tax bill and takes it away anyway.
 
2013-01-24 01:07:02 PM

abhorrent1: Enjoy paying the property taxes.


Good luck figuring out the property tax to begin with since he came by the property neither by sale nor foreclosure, according to the law...

http://www.bcpa.net/taxcalc.asp
 
2013-01-24 01:07:03 PM
It's FL, he isn't a us citizen. How hard could it be to make him get lost in a swamp, with heavy shoes.
 
2013-01-24 01:07:18 PM
Bank of America owns it right now. The problem seemed to be that Bank of America could bring up the matter in civil court but so far seems unwilling to do so. The only reason this is in the papers is because a rich neighbor is upset that she has to live next to a "riff raff".
 
2013-01-24 01:08:10 PM

Sorias: Until the Government sends him a tax bill and takes it away anyway.


Even if they added up all the taxes for the seven years it takes for him to claim ownership, it takes at least three more years to foreclose by way of taxes. He will be there for at least a decade before anyone has a legal method of moving him.
 
2013-01-24 01:08:48 PM
So he's a Brazilian national with no job. Possibly a former student who didn't update his status when he dropped out of school. What's to keep them from yanking his Visa and sending him home? I'm sure BoA has enough local politicians on speed dial. Any one of them could send him packing.
 
2013-01-24 01:08:55 PM
Until they take it away for non payment of the Property Taxes
 
2013-01-24 01:09:13 PM

Sorias: Until the Government sends him a tax bill and takes it away anyway.


In the circle, the circle of life!
 
2013-01-24 01:09:27 PM
If the guy maintains the property and taxes and such (not likely), why should the neighbors care? Its not their business as long as the property in question does not go in to disrepair and brings down their own home values. They should be blaming Bank of America, not this schmo.
 
2013-01-24 01:09:28 PM
Oh good, another one of these articles again.

Please post links of anyone who has successfully taken legal possession of a $2 million house in this fashion.
 
2013-01-24 01:10:06 PM
How did he not gain entry by breaking and entering? It seems like he is committing multiple crimes here.
 
2013-01-24 01:10:06 PM
Getting something for nothing. The American Dream. USA USA USA
 
2013-01-24 01:10:14 PM
So, could some bigger/badder squatter come along, forcibly remove this guy, and claim the place for himself?
 
2013-01-24 01:10:23 PM
He not breaking any laws. Funny how the rich get all pissy when people use laws to get away with things.
 
2013-01-24 01:10:26 PM
The neighbor should just go squat there also. Are the laws to handle multiple squatters? If two people squat, and one goes out to the store, does their 7 year timer reset?
 
2013-01-24 01:10:41 PM

Rich Cream: abhorrent1: Enjoy paying the property taxes.

If he's not listed as owner then why would he owe taxes? They send the bill to the bank.


If/when he actually gets a deed he will.
 
2013-01-24 01:11:14 PM

Sugarmoobs: If the guy maintains the property and taxes and such (not likely), why should the neighbors care? Its not their business as long as the property in question does not go in to disrepair and brings down their own home values. They should be blaming Bank of America, not this schmo.


Let me guess: You've never owned a house before.

A jobless 23 year old can't even begin to properly maintain a $50,000 house, let alone a $2 million one.
 
2013-01-24 01:11:19 PM
Part of adverse possession is you must treat the property as your own.. and that includes paying the real estate taxes on it.
 
2013-01-24 01:11:34 PM
What's the tax situation on something like that. Not only will there be property taxes on a $2.1 million home, but that house's value counts as income, too. He didn't have it before, now he does. He's going to have to come up with probably close to a million bucks to keep it. And I'm guessing that if he's squatting in it, it won't be able to be marketed or sold for anywhere close to the "value" mentioned. He might end up really screwing himself with the tax man...
 
2013-01-24 01:11:53 PM
I should claim "adverse possession" of the office bathroom. Lord knows I've exercised squatter's rights on that thing for over seven years!
 
2013-01-24 01:13:15 PM
The only problem with this "problem" is that no one involved cares. The police don't care, the bank that owns it don't care, the squatters don't care. So why should I?
 
2013-01-24 01:13:23 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: He not breaking any laws. Funny how the rich get all pissy when people use laws to get away with things.


This. I work my ass off and will probably never in my life be able to afford a 2 million dollar home, let alone one I can ignore for 7 years. The squatter didn't take it. THEY pissed it away.
 
2013-01-24 01:13:24 PM

abhorrent1: Rich Cream: abhorrent1: Enjoy paying the property taxes.

If he's not listed as owner then why would he owe taxes? They send the bill to the bank.

If/when he actually gets a deed he will.



Then he starts the tax foreclosure process which can take several years. And if he skips out on the tax bill after ten years, so what? (to him of course)
 
2013-01-24 01:13:33 PM

Sugarmoobs: Its not their business as long as the property in question does not go in to disrepair and brings down their own home values.


Actually, it's still not their business...
 
2013-01-24 01:14:11 PM

signaljammer: Imagine a world without adverse possession.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-24 01:14:19 PM
And as someone with a related job to the industry, I've dealt with adverse possession before.

It's not just cut and dried that you own something after seven years, not even close. There's way more to it than that, and it never happens in this fashion. Judges frequently side with the original owner of something if even it's been on someone else's property for decades.
 
2013-01-24 01:14:26 PM
Rich ratfarkers pissed that a brown person is ratfarking the system? LOL LOLOLLLLLLOL
 
2013-01-24 01:15:02 PM

abhorrent1: Enjoy paying the property taxes.


This. In Florida, to claim adverse possession, you have to pay property tax on the property.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-24 01:15:05 PM
Imagine a world without adverse possession.

In Massachusetts you can get a court order protecting your land from adverse possession. ("registered land")

No one saw him breaking into the 5-bedroom house, so it's a civil matter.

Florida must have criminal trespass laws. What the police mean is, they don't want to deal with it.
 
2013-01-24 01:15:27 PM

Sugarmoobs: why should the neighbors care?


He is a foreigner.

My sister lives in Florida and hasn't paid her mortgage in about 2 years.
 
2013-01-24 01:16:06 PM

lennavan: The only problem with this "problem" is that no one involved cares. The police don't care, the bank that owns it don't care, the squatters don't care. So why should I?


We don't care about him. It's the injustice!

/of what? whatever you want
 
2013-01-24 01:16:18 PM

Frozboz: FTA: Bank of America didn't respond to the Sun Sentinel's inquiry. And neither did Barbosa, a Brazilian national who refers to himself as "Loki Boy," after the Norse god of mischief.

Too funny. Ah, Florida. Is there anything you can't do?


Is he a member of the Vagos?
 
2013-01-24 01:16:30 PM

Rich Cream: thurstonxhowell: Problem: Squatters.
Solution: Don't fail to step foot in your house even once in 7 years.

He's 23 years old. I think he plans on staying there seven years.

/trespassing, I don't understand how it's not that. One entity can show papers of ownership (supposedly), the other can't.


It is trespassing. But, per TFA, Bank of America hasn't gotten around to kicking the squatter off their land yet.
 
2013-01-24 01:16:48 PM

Insatiable Jesus: Rich ratfarkers pissed that a brown person is ratfarking the system? LOL LOLOLLLLLLOL


A person getting in the way of properly getting this house into actual homeowners hands. What's better for this neighborhood, a squatter or a homeowner? What does skin color have to do with this?
 
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